Imagine that it’s the middle of the night.
You’ve been driving for hours.
White line fever is setting in.
You hear a deep, dark, malevolent voice coming over the CB radio. It sounds so familiar.
You turn it up, not believing your ears as the voice of the evil “Darth Vader” from Star Wars asks, “What’s your 20?”
“Darth Vader” Chatted With Truckers On CB Radio
According to interviews given by “Star Wars” voice actor James Earl Jones, this really happened to some truckers in the 1970’s, when CB radios were far more commonly used by both truckers and the motoring public.
After “Star Wars” premiered, Jones would get bored while driving cross country and would hop on the CB radio. Using “Darth” as his handle, he used to chat with truckers as he travelled the highways.
But Jones eventually caused so much CB panic that he had to give up the game. He said, “the truck drivers would really freak out—for them, it was Darth Vader. I had to stop doing that.”